Yesterday Treese and I celebrated my 45th birthday by hanging out on the couch watching Ozark and playing videogames. We were playing Borderlands 3 for the PlayStation 4, which is a fun game but extremely buggy even with all the hot-fix patches that have been released. I can't tell you how many times we've seen the dreaded blue screen general error CE-34878-0 or been trapped inside one of the tournament rooms because the doors wouldn't open due to enemies either being trapped off screen or just failing to materialize, in which case the only way out was to commit suicide and loose all progress we had made during the round.
Well, yesterday we had both bugs happen again, first a hard crash and then twice being trapped, so the second time we just gave up and turned it off. We enjoy the frustration of a challenging scenario because it feels so great when we are finally able to pass it, but the frustration of failing because of game glitches is just infuriating. Luckily, I received a new game in the mail that day, a birthday gift from my parents that is from one of our all time favorite 2-player local couch co-op game series: Earth Defense Force 5! Don't let the dated graphics and hilariously bad dialog fool you, these games are a blast! You play as soldiers fighting against waves of giant bugs and alien ships through many different destructible environment, just stage after stage of increasingly difficult mayhem. So we put that on and spent much of the afternoon and evening having a blast shooting up giant ants, spiders, and alien drones.
On another note, our two new rose bushes are still doing well. The one that started blooming has even more roses now and they aren't just yellow, there is red, orange, pink, and peach petals. The other one appears to be a literal late bloomer but it looks healthy so hopefully we'll be getting some blooming rose buds very soon.